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23 July 2009 @ 12:09 am
Master Big Bang Art Post for Close to Home  
This is the master art post for smidirini's insanely fantastic story Close to Home for spn_j2_bigbang.  I completely lucked out getting her as my author and I strongly, strongly urge everyone to read her story.  It is just fantastic. I can't gush, ooh, and awe about it enough.  

I owe a massive, huge, overwhelming thank you to smidirini for writing such a visually rich story.  If I had a year to work on the art for it, I probably would have handed her the entire thing as a graphic novel.  I wanted to do it all!!  I also owe a huge thank you to ficliously for being my art beta, gopher, and general all around cheerleader.  And, of course, thanks is owed by all to wendy and thehighwaywoman for somehow managing to organize this massive project.  Thank you!!

Warning: This artwork contains spoilers for the fic.  Her story involves a murder case and while it doesn't give away who the killer is, I strongly urge you to read it before looking at the art.









Main artwork for the fic.  Main story header and story art:






Clicking on any image will bring up the original.  All are digital art and made entirely within PhotoShop.





And for completeness sake, here are the various headers used in the story:



Resources used:

Blood brushes: [1] [2] [3]
Splatter brushes: [1] [2] [3] [4]
Hair brushes: [1] [2] [3]

Screen used caps by raloria bellanut  and oxoniensis 

Tutorial on how to make a photograph look like a pencil drawing can be found here.

Tutorial on how to make a photograph look like a watercolor/illustration can be found here.

Questions about any of my techniques happily answered in comments.

Underwater photograph by Zena Holloway

Almost all stock photography (pencils, erasers, paper backgrounds, etc.) from http://www.sxc.hu  A few came from random Google image searches.
 
 
Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
Sam the dog: srs bznsficliously on July 23rd, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
I am in awe of how awesome this is and how quickly it shaped up! You are amazing, woman! This is all so freaking... AWESOME. Literally. Awe. Especially the drawing. Your photoshop skills are a scary, scary thing (in a good way).
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 05:06 am (UTC)
I work to keep them a scary scary thing simply so I can awe and amaze you. :D

Thank you so much for looking at the 40 drafts I sent you of each one and noticing the weird little things I missed from looking at them for too long.
Smideesmidirini on July 23rd, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the beautiful art you made for my story! It is all so lovely and flattering, it really is. I've had so much fun working with you on this. <3

I didn't know you before this challenge and it has been an absolute pleasure having you on my flist and chatting with you about this and other things :)
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
I am total and complete agreement with you. :) I'm not kidding when I say I totally lucked out. The minute I began reading this my head went bonkers with ideas. I just wish I had had the time to do more. I would have liked to have done a few pieces for each section. There's still time, right?
(no subject) - smidirini on July 23rd, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Manu: awesomesweetgirl7808 on July 23rd, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
OMG this is absolutely stunning!! Oo
Every art of your post is a masterpiece! I'm totally delighted!

You're an amazing artist!
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
Coming from you, that is quite a compliment. Thank you. :)
Marcia Elena: dean sammarciaelena on July 23rd, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Wow, this is some gorgeous art! Stunning. <3
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
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Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
*blush* Thank you. :)
surevestasurevesta on July 23rd, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
Oh Wow I especially love the "Not Since You" image. Beautiful! Just wonderful!
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
chosenfire28chosenfire28 on July 23rd, 2009 08:55 am (UTC)
This is all STUNNING! Really amazing artwork, it definitely makes me want to read the fic. You did a great job and should be insanely proud of yourself.

Edited at 2009-07-23 08:55 am (UTC)
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it makes you want to read it. It is amazing. That was my goal. :D
the tigerbunny: spn - j² - pink heartspurequicksilver on July 23rd, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
Oh wow, that's some gorgeous art there! Absolutely amazing work. I'm so glad Rini got such an amazingly talented artist, since her fic just deserves this. This is a perfect match. :)
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
I think we were very well matched since we're both have brains which seem to work in insanely visual ways. I'm glad you feel the same way. :D
Call Me Psycho Troll!ala_tariel on July 23rd, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
Whooeee...thesea are beautiful, especially number 3 (Jared and Jensen in bed?) That's awesome!
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)
bitterbird on July 23rd, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
these are so perfect for this story
amazing work :)
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
tx_roads: sleeptx_roads on July 23rd, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
These are really amazing and wonderful!
<3
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks ♥
Catherinecatherineackles on July 23rd, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
wow thats some amazingly good art.
You did an awesome job and I especially love your attention to detail.
I use photoshop alot to, so I know how frustrating it can get sometimes, but you did an wonderful job =)
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Frustrating is the understatement of the century for some of the things I encountered with this. lol Thank you for your comment. :)
It's a secret.: Dean fistscreativeelf on July 23rd, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
OMG this is amazing!! I LOVE IT!! Beautiful job Hadley! :D
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Rose. :D Once I finish all my Big Bang art, I have a whole bunch of additional video game icons I want to make. lol
(no subject) - creativeelf on July 25th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
harriganharrigan on July 23rd, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
Usually I read a fic first (in case art has spoilers) but sometimes I check out the art first to help me decide if I really want to invest the time in reading such a long story.

This is gorgeous and compelling and I am *definitely* off to read the fic now!!
Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
I am so happy these convinced you to read it because it is an amazing story. I'm not just saying that because I picked it, it really really is. I totally lucked out with it. :)
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Hadley: Close To Homeewlyn on July 23rd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)